I found the perfect way to cure the post-holiday blahs -- Lemonade Swirl Play-dough! This sweet & summery play-dough is a pleasing treat for gray winter days.
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1 Cup Water
- 2 tbsp. Vegetable Oil
- 2 tbsp. Salt
- 2 tbsp. Cream of Tartar
- 1 Package Lemonade Kool-aid
- 1 Package Pink Lemonade Kool-aid
- Red & Yellow Food Coloring (Optional)
Combine flour, water, salt, cream of tartar and vegetable oil in a small sauce pan. Place on medium heat and stir constantly. This is the basic play dough recipe -- if you know how to do this, you can make ANY play dough, just by adding different scents and colors.
Add in the Pink Lemonade Kool-aid packet. If it's not as pink as you like, add a drop or two of red food coloring.I added 2 drops to mine and it turned out to be a very soft pink.
The dough will start out really watery, then it will start to get clumpy and gross-looking but don't worry, you are doing it right! When it gets to the clumpy part turn the heat to low and keep stirring.
You'll know the dough is done when it pulls away from the sides of the saucepan and you just can't stir it anymore. Place the dough on a well-floured surface and knead until texture feels right. Add more flour if the dough is sticky.
Set aside your pink lemonade play-dough and make your second batch of play-dough with the classic lemonade Kool-aid.
Time to smoosh the doughs together! I just did a little gentle kneading and twisting because I didn't want to mix them too well. Part of the fun for the kiddos is observing the colors mix together over time, they turn into a really pretty peachy orange color!
Pink lemonade and classic lemonade swirl play dough!
Now the Kiddos can engage in color mixing experiments and observe how the pink and yellow mix together to make a new color, and they can serve up "lemonade" at a play dough lemonade stand!
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